Noise or Vibration When AC Compressor is On on Kia Rondo

A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

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Average mileage: 80,191 (10,000–150,000)
4 model years affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2008 Kia Rondo 82,000 mi,
A/C blew cold, then warm, then cold rotating for a couple of weeks, then went to straight warm. Pressure is good, and system is at right charge level, no noise, but no cold air either.
2008 Kia Rondo 64,000 mi,
The A/C just stopped working. The warranty supposedly ran out at 60,000 miles. Compressors run over 800.00 from the dealer. I am sooooooooooo angry. Why would Kia not fix this in a recall?
2007 Kia Rondo 10,000 mi,
For a long time I would hear a noise coming from my ac when turned on. The noise was not too bad so I didnt think much of it. Until recently I went from having cold ac to hot air in a day. Plus, the noise became extremely loud;then the burning smell. The kicker was when I was parked and it just stopped cranking. Now I have been told it will cost about 1000 bucks. Is there anything kia corp. willing to do to help with these expenses??
This is the 2nd Kia Rondo 2009, I have had and this will be my last Kia as their 100,000 mile warrant is a bunch of crap. If you buy the car 2nd hand it only goes to 60,000 miles, unlike other car manufacturers that honor their warranty. It should tell us something. I HAD THE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE OTHER 2009 KIA RONDO 9 (WHICH I TOTALED AFTER I HAD IT REPAIRED AND A NEW AC COMPRESSOR INSTALLED)THE MILEAGE WAS BETWEEN 80000 AND 85,000, now I have around 84000 on the 2nd one and same problem and it started around 82000, we contacted Kia and they told us they knew of no such problems. I think they are lying and I do not plan on buying another KIa EVER!!! AS THEY DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT!!
The dealership has told me the whole air compressor has to be replaced. My car makes a whining sound and continues whether the air is on or not.
2007 Kia Rondo 66,000 mi,
My AC started going out last Summer. It went on when you initially started the car and would stay on. But when you stoped the Car for anything, such as a quick trip into the convience store it would not go on again unless the car was parked for hours. Then it went out completely, just blowing hot air. I always heard a small rattle when the AC was on, but thought it was normal. I did not get it fixed last year since Fall was approaching. When I took it to Firestone they said it was an electrical problem in the compressor and the compressor needed to be replaced for 1,180 dollars. They too thought that was rediculous and suggested I get other estimates. It is 90 degrees again now in Albuquerque, so today it is at the KIA dealer for a recall of another part, so while it is there I am paying 49 dollars for them to look into the AC and give me an estimate. That should be interesting. This should be a recall, because it appears to be a big problem for a lot of late 2000 model KIA vehicles. I am very annoyed. I think I will call corporate. That worked for me once with a Ford Focus. Got the bill down from 490 to 162.
2007 Kia Rondo 73,438 mi,
A/c still works but is making a whining sound when the clutch is engaged
2008 Kia Rondo 70,000 mi,
used the A/C for the first time after purchasing the vehicle in Feb. very warm March...2 weeks after 30 day warranty expired...the A/C is blowing warm air.
2008 Kia Rondo 55,000 mi,
Morning - A/C goes ON fine. After parking it would not engage again, sometimes for the rest of the day.
2007 Kia Rondo 74,651 mi,
Heard a low rattle when the ac was on about 15-20,000 miles ago then out of the blue yesterday ac compressor started smoking and stopped working. I'm being told it will cost between $1000 - $1200! and from what i'm reading here is a common problem with these cars.
2007 Kia Rondo 87,000 mi,
my ac had been cutting out for about a month. When it stopped for good I could smell what seemed to be tractor trailer brakes locking up. I opened the hood and the smell was coming from the left side of the motor so it was obvious the smell was the clutch burning up. I guess I will replace the clutch and see what happens
2007 Kia Rondo 67,000 mi,
Compressor made knocking noises and when taken into the dealer they said it was normal, warranty expired and so di compressor, replaced with upgraded unit and lines out of pocket not happy at all.
2007 Kia Rondo 118,000 mi,
waiting on the shop
2008 Kia Rondo 82,000 mi,
Growling sound when compressor is on per tec need new air compressor
2010 Kia Rondo 69,000 mi,
This is the third time the A/C Compressor clutch is broken. The first and second time the dealer replaced the air compresor base on guaranty. Right now it has beeen doing the same sound for a year and I just figured out I can replace the clutch without replacing the hole Compressor.
Have 120,000 and started hearing a whining noise and sometimes the car would jump a little. Was told the AC Compressor needed to be replace or eventually the AC, heat and defrost would quit working. Was quoted $998.00 for replacement. Was wondering if any other 2009 Rondo owners can tell what's next to fall apart.
2008 Kia Rondo 130,000 mi,
My Rondo was making a whining noise, which was gradually getting louder. I had the compressor replaced.
Mileage not available as car is in shop. It had very loud and rough rattle under hood. diagnosed by garage to be ac compressor, and that car would simply stop running one day if not repaired. Have not scheduled repair as yet. still reeling from estimate of $900!
2007 Kia Rondo 76,500 mi,
Whining sound when turning the AC on and off. Kia dealer says the AC compressor needs to be replaced.